We've been trying to garden in a frugal way, but there is still a good bit of money invested when you need to buy good soil, manure, mulch, seeds and plants. Last year we started composting veggie and table scraps and adding lawn clippings and leaves as well. This has been fairly easy to do (meaning I don't do anything but put the scraps in a bucket!!) and results in a great supplement to our garden. Jeff and the boys recently found a free source of a great gardening material that has a never-ending "free" supply. All they have to do is hitch up the trailer and shovel for a while. Lots of manure!! They bring it home, shovel it off the trailer and add it to the compost. It has to age before you can use it and this first load was a little too fresh, but will be great to plow in next spring.
It may be too late, but I found strawberry plants on sale at Lowe's the other day. Jeff has been wanting to plant some, so I thought it was time. The kids and I built this bed for the strawberries using landscaping blocks that we purchased years ago. A flat of these blocks was only a hundred dollars.
Instead of putting verbena in our raised bed that has our bell in it, I decided to plant herbs. I have pineapple sage, sage, oregano, and thyme here. In another bed I have been transplanting mint that had grown out of its former place. I love to make mint iced tea in the summer!
Because our home was in the woods when we moved here, Jeff has cut down or bulldozed down 100's of trees. Trees were literally right off the porch and even growing in the master bedroom deck. We still have LOTS of woods, but we wanted a yard and to be able to see the sky for stargazing! Because of all the wood around we decided to use some of it to make raised beds as well. Much more rustic than anything else we have done, but if it works and it's free then that's great! This bed has asparagus and sunflowers in one side and horseradish and sunflowers in the other. Because we used our compost we also have some "volunteer" squash and tomatoes coming in here as well!!
Our corn patch looks so little here next to the compost bin, but I planted over 100 seeds yesterday. Last year we planted too late and either the deer or coons ate what did grow in. Praying for a better return on my time this year! You can see Caedmon in his swing back behind the corn patch.
Yes, we were out in our pajamas!! I wanted to get the mulching done and the green beans planted before the rains came.
Devin calls Caedmon her sweet little curly-haired blue-eyed blonde!
Sweet Jackson is still wearing winter pajamas.
Kaelan is taking a swinging break! The big boys hadn't done their beauty routine yet this morning and didn't want their pictures taken.
Gardening is a family affair. You have to start early if you want good workers!!